Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • SW Baptist Seminary admits Muslim
  • Pastors quit after sex abuse scandal
  • William Carl to retire from Pittsburgh seminary
  • Data-driven decisions
  • Stories fridges tell

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary admits its first Muslim student Religion News Service: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary acknowledged it has admitted a Muslim to one of its doctoral programs. Ghassan Nagagreh, a Palestinian Muslim, recently completed his first year of doctoral studies at the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Associated Baptist Press/Herald: Southwestern Seminary enrolls Muslim doctoral student, sparks controversyNPR: Southern Baptist leaders seek softer approach to homosexuality

Megachurch pastors leave Reformed evangelical network amid child abuse scandal Religion News Service: Two pastors have left a Reformed evangelical group after a pastor from the Maryland megachurch they oversaw confessed to covering up sex abuse claims, the latest chapter in a public struggle over evangelicals coming to terms with abuse within their ranks.

William Carl to retire as president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Rev. William J. Carl III, who has led Pittsburgh Theological Seminary since 2005, has announced plans to retire next year after a decade on the job. Carl, 65, the fifth president at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-affiliated seminary, previously served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

An introduction to data-driven decisions for managers who don’t like math Harvard Business Review: Not everyone needs to become a “quant.” But it is worth brushing up on the basics of quantitative analysis, so as to understand and improve the use of data in your business. HBR offers a reading list of its best articles on the subject to get you started.

The Spark

The great refrigerator project: The stories our refrigerators tellThe refrigerator is a ritual space where we track the culture of our household, says anthropologist Krystal D’Costa, who has been asking people for pictures of the ubiquitous kitchen appliance. Every photo came with a story/apology attached: “'There’s too much stuff on here, I know,’ ‘It’s not very interesting. I’m sorry,’ etc.,” she writes in Scientific American magazine. “These machines, decorated by representations of ourselves, become deeply intertwined in our lives and offer personal glimpses into our lives.”

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